Major Moves: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Have you heard the news? Just hours ago Raf Simons was appointed Chief Creative Officer at Calvin Klein.

Simons ended his three and a half year tenure at Dior in October of 2015. This past April, the mens and womenswear Creative Directors, Italo Zuccheli and Francisco Costa, stepped down from their positions at Calvin Klein.

Calvin Klein hasn't seen a singular Creative Officer since Mr. Klein himself. Why Raf Simons though?

Because, as Complex Magazine puts it, "The brand is a fan of monochromatic looks and clean lines," and "Raf can breathe new life into Calvin's minimalistic aesthetic."

As Chief Creative Officer, Simons will not only be responsible for all aspects of design, including menswear, womenswear, ready to wear, jeans, underwear, fragrance and home furnishings, but for global marketing, communications, and visual creative services. His appointment to the brand is part of Klein's global creative strategy to unify all of the Calvin Klein brands.

Simons' longtime righthand man, Pieter Mullier, will serve as the Creative Officer. His purpose will be carry out all creative and design visions Simons has for the brand. Mullier worked with Simons during his time at Dior.

"While his minimalist leanings and a deep connection to youth culture both clearly align with the Calvin Klein brand, the wide reach of the business will certainly require Simons to think more broadly than before." According to Business of Fashion, the brand will by Simon's largest platform to date. He has yet to handle this many aspects of a label. It will be interesting to see how things play out, especially with his critiques of the speed of the fashion industry.

I look forward to see his first collection for Calvin Klein.

Thanks for walking on the runway, dolls.


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